Brown Bag Lunch Series

Before merging Brown Bag events with the English Department, University Writing Program faculty and teaching associates presented workshops on assorted topics about the teaching of writing. Past workshops have included themes such as the common reading experience lib guide, contemplative pedagogy, making the most of student conferences, and inclusive pedagogy for LGBTQ+ and international students.

The record of Brown Bags below begins with upcoming or most recent workshops:

Michael Oshindoro

What Does "Intelligent" Sound Like?

Facilitated by Michael Oshindoro

Wednesday, April 17, 2019  |  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  East Hall 206

About: Accent discrimination is a largely overlooked aspect of Otherness involving different layers of biases either in chit chats or in formal settings like the workplace. My presentation addresses some problems associated with this linguicism, asking: What tiny bits of our everyday interactions point to implicit biases? Why do some fantasize about certain accents but disdain others? How can teachers help students from different linguistic backgrounds feel welcome within the classroom and free to speak without doubts of belonging?


Assessing Student Work Using a Hybrid Process/Product Rubric

Facilitated by Jessica Eylem and Madelaine Pope

Tuesday, April 17, 2018  |  Noon - 1:00 p.m.  |  East Hall 306

About: In this Brown Bag workshop, we will examine the use of hybrid process- and product-based rubrics for assessing student writing in GSW.  To start, attendees will discuss the types of rubrics they use and how they use them when assessing work.  Next, Madelaine will explain how she developed her own hybrid rubric, then Madelaine and Jessica will discuss how they have used this hybrid rubric in their own GSW 1120 classrooms.  Finally Madelaine and Jessica will facilitate group discussion on how other instructors could use and/or modify Madelaine's hybrid rubric for use in their classes.


The Other Side of Publishing

Facilitated by Brandie Bohney

Thursday, March 22, 2018  |  11:00 a.m. - Noon  |  East Hall 206

About: Brandie Bohney will be explaining the new column she is guest editing for the Journal of Teaching Writing, encouraging submissions, and explaining what her process is as an editorial board member when she reads pieces for possible publication. This is a good opportunity to find out what the publishing process looks like from the other side as well as to ask questions about and develop ideas for publication.


Given Words: Creative Writing, Collaboration, and Pedagogy

Facilitated by John Brownlee and Kristin LaFollette

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018  |  1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  |  East Hall 206

About: This Brown Bag explores the pedagogical impact of incorporating creative writing, play, and collaboration into the writing classroom. Through a collaborative creative project, we began exploring and thinking about the writing process in different ways, and this presentation focuses on the process of completing that project and the ways this type of collaborative writing could be used in the composition classroom to help students become more effective writers.


Breaking the Silence: Encouraging Discussion Participation in Face-to-Face and Online Classes

Facilitated by Lauren Salisbury

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018  |  Noon - 1:00 p.m.  |  East Hall 206

About: How do you encourage students to speak up when participation is the last thing they want to do? In this workshop, learn about instructor strategies for facilitating discussions in the face‑to‑face classroom and online learning environment. First, we will reflect on the challenges we face guiding class discussions. After brainstorming potential causes of these challenges, we will learn about and workshop alternative discussion strategies to encourage student conversation and participation. Instructors will take away low- and high‑preparation, and face‑to‑face, hybrid, and online discussion approaches to adapt for different courses and environments.


Assessment, Evaluation, Reflection, and Teacherly Acts of Composition

Facilitated by Ran Meyer

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018  |  Noon - 1:00 p.m.  |  East Hall 306

About: Taking its cue from the International Reading Association's 2009 "Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing," this discussion acknowledges that assessment of student writing must include assessment of such teacherly acts of composition as the preparation of syllabi, writing assignments, and teacher responses to student writing.  Using as a starting point a writing prompt and responsive draft on Amy Tan's essay "Mother Tongue," this discussion will focus on assessment and one particular teacherly composition, the writing assignment,  so as to ensure the assessment process is fair and equitable, allows inquiry into instruction, and improves teaching and learning.  The discussion is predicated upon the assumption that a classroom is a community of learners and is further predicated upon two threshold concepts: first, all writers, including writing instructors, have more to learn and, second, reflection is critical for all writers' development.